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Walking is more than mere exercise

Updated on July 15, 2012
My mobility in the classroom when I was still teaching kept me fit.
My mobility in the classroom when I was still teaching kept me fit.
Teaching Physical Education, sports, dance, etc.
Teaching Physical Education, sports, dance, etc.

Why I Walk

I had just realized that my prolonged hibernation which is now going for more than a year, is also gaining me lots of unwanted weight and bulges in the abdomen and stomach. Worse is, I am losing strength in my limbs and am getting sick for just a little strain; even walking feels strenuous to me.

This condition had started when I left my job last year. I used to climb up the four storey building in our school as I was moving from one classroom to another in the varied subjects and students that I was teaching.

The nature of my job and the mobility that went along kept me fit and healthy without even being conscious about it.


Fat and bulgy me

My dumb bells
My dumb bells
My book of exercises
My book of exercises
My sister and I...the one in the center is Julia,our adopted older sister. Leah is my sister. (in black shirt)
My sister and I...the one in the center is Julia,our adopted older sister. Leah is my sister. (in black shirt)

My decision to walk

One day, I had decided to do some relevant exercises that would help me regain my strength and keep me fit. I bought a pair of dumb bells and a book of exercises for the middle aged like me. I started following the exercises in the book but only to realize that I just tire myself and they had not done anything to improve my breathing.

Along with chain smoking four to five reams of cigarettes per week and the stagnant lifestyle is the deterioration of my health and the increasing bulges in my body parts. My sister visited me one day and she mocked me for my abusive lifestyle that caused myself to get sick and get obese at the same time. I only have one sister and one brother and genetically we are lanky people, well, not me anymore.

My legs are still slim, they don't really get fat no matter how my body balloon into a huge drum; and this condition only emphasize my ugly look. Imagine a big round body on top of two long and skinny legs?

Well I am not getting any younger and so the big changes in my body structure but to abuse my living condition that caused me illness and unprecedented ugliness is unforgivable.

I looked at my old picture taken some 17 years ago and saw the big difference. I was only 37-25-36, but now, my waistline is 34, my breast is 39 and my waistline is 38....wowooo huge, huge...this is the fear of aging ladies...to look old obese and ugly.

What had the years done to me? Or what have I done to myself over the years? My only consolation is that I don't eat too much and I am more into vegetables, salads and fruits; meat is not a constant in my diet though fish is my favorite along with vegetables. I don't eat much junk food.

I was this slim...37-25-36
I was this slim...37-25-36

The Solutions: 1. Stop Smoking

Of course I cannot be as young and as slim as I was 17 years ago but I also know that my obesity gradually resulted from too much smoking, hibernation, depression caused by traumatic events in my life and the constant changes that occur within these past 17 eventful years.

Solution number one is: Stop smoking, or at least minimize the quantity to start with. I used to say that I will smoke till I die because I knew that to stop smoking after 36 years into it was just impossible. But lately, without even thinking seriously to stop smoking, I just stopped. Thanks to the electronic smoke that substituted it. This electronic smoke just cuts the craving for the real cigarettes. At first I used the flavor with some nicotine content and gradually replaced it with vanilla flavor that is zero nicotine. So far, I am doing alright, it's been a month now; though admittedly, I grab a stick of cigarette once in a while when I am upset. I realize that for me, smoking is triggered by my emotional state.

Solution number 2: Walk, Walk, Cimb stairs and trees and Walk more

It's been one month since I had started walking off and on and in short times ranging from 15-minute walk one day then stop then walk again for 20 minutes then rest for a week then walk again. Well, this did not help and there was no effect.

But four days ago, I had resolved to walk at least one hour a day and every day. My sister said that I have to walk two kilometers a day in order to see the difference. I took her word seriously. And so I began to walk, very very far that I walked through hi-ways and byways, bridges, parks and in fact I had exceeded the one hour goal. My first record was one hour and 37 minutes, followed by two hours and fifty one minutes, almost three hours.

I did not only walk but climbed trees and buildings that have open stairways just so my legs can lift my body up and carry its weight.

Walking is fun and healthy

Walking lightens the spirit and changes outlook in life

I never had walked this long in a daily basis for the sake of exercise. Perhaps I had walked long with my family long time ago when we went to farms in the mountainous Mindanao but it was not like this one. Three days in a row at least two hours in average really had shown evidences of change not only in my body, breathing but also in my general view of life as encouraged by my thought processes.


My Various observations and experiences in walking

First, I notice those things and sites as I walk by; I noticed the stray animals such as dogs, cats, chicken, goats, ducks and turkeys. I thought that there are only stray dogs and cats until I saw several more types of animals. I will make a hub entitled stray animals to show the pictures I took in my walking.

Then I noticed other hikers, joggers, bikers and we say hello; as if saying that we all have similar objectives in what we are doing...and this objective is to hopefully improve our well-being.

I also noticed the vehicles, the cargoes of trucks, the business that people do which open early in the morning. Since I walk from the subdivision where I stay down to the main road in the center of the city and to the park where other hikers and morning exercise enthusiasts hang around, I had observed a wide range and variety of observable behaviors and lifestyles of people; from street vendors in their ramshackle boots to palatial homes of the rich.

In the street I also met demented, dirty and homeless vagabonds and beggars who look scary. I also met some decent and people who own business such as the Mercury Drugstore where I buy Gatorade drink. I met all types of people, some are interesting and others are scary. I see office workers in their chick uniforms and in their way to work who drop by cheap eatery for their breakfast.

Walking is Educational

Now I realize that walking is not just an exercise of the body for better health but also as a food for the mind and a change in the general outlook for life.

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Deb Welch,

      Thanks for dropping by; and thanks a lot for the compliment and the vote.

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      Yay! Good for you. Something woke you up. I've been there too. Keep at it. You look great. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Arlene V. Poma,

      Thanks Arlene for the compliments. I should have liked to walk with my dog, but sad to say he died...and also in my new apartment the Landlord won't allow any pets. I got my maid though to walk with me.

      I am really glad if I am able to humbly inspire others. Actually that is my main objective in this life and I am asking spiritual guidance on how I am suppose to become one.

      Thank you again and God Bless.

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Hi Lady E,

      It's good to hear from you again. Yes, I used to have a very active lifestyle both intellectually and physically and this kept me healthy in almost all areas of my life. But this time I preferred to follow my heart and focus my life in this area that my lifestyle, look and health is greatly affected. But I believe that for as long as we still got brains that work and we can make our lives work too for the better.

      Thank you for the visit and the compliment.

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Hi Lady E,

      It's good to hear from you again. Yes, I used to have a very active lifestyle both intellectually and physically and this kept me healthy in almost all areas of my life. But this time I preferred to follow my heart and focus my life in this area that my lifestyle, look and health is greatly affected. But I believe that for as long as we still got brains that work and we can make our lives work too for the better.

      Thank you for the visit and the compliment.

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      UP+++, useful, interesting, and AWESOME. You and I are on the same wavelength. I got back into a walking program recently, and I am hooked. I take my dog with me, so he reminds me not to miss our daily walk. You are an inspiration!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Hub and I like your new healthy option. Walking can be refreshing, particularly if it's in a beautiful area. E.g park, lots of greenery - otherwise, just listening to music helps.

      I like your attitude to fitness. You used to walk four storey's at work. I used to take the lift to the first floor. lol..... when no one was looking.

      Keep it up. :-)

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